Europe

Weekend strike to hit Irish rail travel

Enterprise train
Image caption The Enterprise will only operate between Belfast and Newry

A rail strike in the Republic of Ireland on Sunday and Monday is set to affect thousands of travellers.

The strike is one of four days of industrial action planned by Siptu and National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) members over pay cuts.

Irish Rail (Iarnr√≥d √Čireann) has said it will implement measures to achieve payroll savings from Sunday.

The Enterprise rail service will only operate between Belfast and Newry during the strike.

The proposals for pay cuts were accepted by three trade unions but were rejected by Siptu and the NBRU.

The 48-hour stoppage will begin at 12:01 BST on Sunday.

Irish Rail said services are "not expected to operate across Intercity, DART and commuter routes".

The action coincides with Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park between Kerry and Mayo.

The general secretary of the NBRU, Dermot O'Leary, said members rejected the proposals to reduce pay over three separate ballots.

"It has been clear for some time that there is a lack of trust and confidence in both the company and the government with regard to their ability to commit to ensuring the future sustainability of rail transport," he said.

In a statement, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe said: "The action being taken by Siptu and NBRU members will result in massive disruption on a number of fronts; it will cause considerable inconvenience to rail users, it puts jobs at risk at Irish Rail, and it will add to the further deterioration of the company's financial situation."

Two 24-hour stoppages are planned for 7 September and 21 September.